WINOOSKI, Vt. (CBS Hartford) – A sign on a lamp post has caused an uproar in a community because it features the word “bacon.”
The sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield Sneakers Bacon.” A program sponsored by the city called “Operation Bloom” allows business owners who do some gardening to post an advertisement where they do it. The word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign has offended some residents, though.
A discussion was started on the Winooski Front Porch Forum where a Muslim woman wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She stated that she was personally offended by the sign as a Muslim woman, WPTZ reported.
The owners of Sneakers Bistro shared that they reached out to the person who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also told WPTZ that they regret any harm caused by the sign and that it was never their goal to create bad feelings or stress.
“It’s nice that they were respectful enough to take it down,” Caleb Wiley, an area resident, told WPTZ. “But I also think they shouldn’t have, or had to at any right.”
Katherine “Deac” Decarreau, Winooski’s city manager, addressed the controversy and described the city as being very diverse.
“The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable. It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The City has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate,” Decarreau told WPTZ.
The owners of Sneakers Bistro explained to WPTZ that it is “their goal to provide a joyful place for the entire community.”